Affordability and Accessibility of ICTs in Namibia

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The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran) strives to provide accessible and affordable ICT for its entire population, particularly in remote areas and for persons with disabilities.

National Assembly ratified the 2012 Universal Access and Communications Policy in 2013, but little progress has been made in implementing the plan until now. Part of the plan is to levy a universal access tax on licensed service providers starting in 2017, alongside the development of a Universal Service Fund.

The government will subsidize service and infrastructure for small and medium enterprises, NGOs, organizations for persons with disabilities, and some households, among other groups.

Cran plans to receive enough revenue from the levies by 2020 or 2021 to enable them to further expand ICT infrastructure to remote areas. The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, plans to achieve universal, affordable ICT access in the country by 2030.

Source: Brigitte Weidlich, The Namibian, Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media